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We have been in our house for almost two years and we are still working to get it organized in a way that works best for us. The linen closet in our upstairs hallway is huge. It’s been a catch-all and its organization has been non-existent. When I say it’s been a catch-all, I mean it! We keep bedding, towels, pictures, puzzles, board games, party supplies, light bulbs, etc. Last year we replaced the roof but didn’t do much else in terms of making our house “ours”. So this year we have quite a few house goals! New windows, new siding, new porch, new fireplace, new light fixtures, and some new paint in most of the main areas of our house. First up, we got the girls’ shared bedroom done and next up, house goals: linen closet organization.
problem 1: board games
The biggest problem was our board games. They boxes are all such different sizes and they’re so big! They were taking up WAY too much space. To organize those, I found reusable zipper bags on Amazon in two different sizes. We cut and taped the names from each box onto the front of the pouch so we’d know which game was in each bag. The kids loved helping with this part! For anything without a cardboard box, I used the Cricut Joy to print and cut Vinyl labels.
problem 2: sheets of all sizes
We have four different sizes of mattresses in this house. It’s pretty easy for me to tell a crib mattress from a twin mattress… but a queen from a king isn’t so easy (without unfolding it all!). Grouping each set of sheets into its own tub made a huge difference in the look of the closet and the functionality of finding the sheets I need when I need them. Once the sheets were organized, I used my Cricut Joy to cut and print hang-tags to label each bin.
problem 3: Photos
I love pictures so much! I don’t print many any more, but store the ones I have taken out of frames to replace with new. I decided to break them up by year and store the 4×6 photos in these small, plastic cases. I used my Cricut Joy to print and cut labels with the year for each small case. I have some large prints of class photos, school photos, photo albums, and Santa/Easter Bunny pictures from the mall. I stored those in a plastic file folder bin, along with any enlargement size prints and then used my Cricut Joy to cut a vinyl decal label for it.
The rest of the things we store in the closet were easy to organize: bath towels, beach towels, light bulbs, candles, misc. party supplies, etc. I sorted them and we store them in bins clearly labeled with what is inside. For the towels, they’re in bins with an open top and have hang tags to label them. The other items are stored in totes with lids and with labels on the front.
Does organization make your heart happy like it does mine? I know it’s not always easy to justify money for bins that will be inside a closet no one will ever see, however they are the best way to house similar items and keep them folded nicely. Dollar Tree has great options for bins and totes of various size.